Lots of clients deal with this very same scene at home. These 2 cats get along much of the time, they actually do groom each other and the outbreaks were not daily. Aggravating especially since these 2 cats live at an animal hospital that promotes good behavior! How embarrassing to say the least. I decided to treat my staff and the cats like a case. Let's document what is happening, what does help to decrease the fighting and observe both Mercy and Ranger for what is triggering the events. At first you think you know what is happening, but as we took a closer look we found out a few things.
|Ranger ready for the day all dressed up|
|Mercy's favorite spot|
Ranger lounges on the high reception counter,hammock bed and shelf in the waiting area. Mercy likes the lower reception counter and waiting room seats too. Now that there is one more perch for her in a different area. This has expanded the space for the cats and has brought kitty harmony.
The chair is staying put. It is the right size, height and in the right place. I think I will name it "Mercy's chair"
|Now there is a place for Mercy and the staff|
Overall the number and intensity of incidents have decreased. The solutions were simple once we opened our eyes to what our cats were needing. Mercy wanted more alone time to facially mark the clinic and another perching area. One last thing, Mercy brought up a huge hairball as things were getting better. Maybe she was having some pain in her bowels that was also an agitator. We have increased her pumpkin dose to help with that.
Now we just have to keep up Ranger's wardrobe! He does love to dress up. I would love to find a forest ranger outfit for him to go with his name. If anyone has ideas where to get one let me know.
|Ranger advises lots of perches and always look sharp!|